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Maldives - Culture

  • Maldivian traditional Dhoni boat
  • Couple on a beach jetty at Maldives
  • Maldives from above
  • Seaplane flight in Maldives paradise island


A proud history and rich culture evolved from the first settlers who were from various parts of the world travelling the seas in ancient times. The Maldives has been a melting pot of different cultures as people from different parts of the world came here and settled down. Some of the local music and dance for instance resemble African influences, while other cultures and traditions reflect East Asian and South Asian traits.


Social Conventions

As Maldives is a Muslim country, alcohol can only be consumed in resorts. Maldives is very anti-drugs and punishment can be quite severe. Visitors should try to dress modestly and when entering mosques, bodies must be covered. Nudity is prohibited in all public places. Visitors should always remove shoes before entering a house. When eating, one should always use the right hand as the left hand is considered unhygienic. Also, eating in public during the fasting month of Ramadan is considered very offensive. Finally, public displays of religions other than Islam are prohibited.



The official language of Maldives is Dhivehi, a language belonging to the Indo-Iranian group of languages. English is recognised as the second main language and is taught in schools.



Islam is the official state religion and open practice of any other religion is forbidden.



Maldives Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Maldives.

Learn about the history and culture of Maldives, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Maldives's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Maldives for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Maldives vacations today!


Extend Your Trip

After your Maldives tour consider taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packagesIndia tours and Thailand vacation packages plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.



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ASIA by Goway is an exclusive division that specializes in planning and organizing Maldives vacation packages and experiences. Choose from a romantic island stay,  a air and land getaway, and much more. We want to be your first choice when next you go globetrotting to Maldives.

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